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Mr. Hickory Josh Berry wins CARS Throwback 276 with LW Miller’s livery

Matt Weaver | STS

On a night where many in the industry were celebrating the rich history of stock car racing, they failed to fully appreciate the history being made directly in front of them on Saturday night.

Josh Berry added to his own growing legacy with a victory in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway. The win in the signature event will be added to his 2017 series championship and track championships at Hickory and Motor Mile Speedway.

And oh, by the way, this was his 50th victory in a Late Model Stock car.

“I remember being a kid thinking these cars were the coolest things and how cool it would be to drive one,” Berry said. “There was a point in my career where I didn’t even have a chance of driving a Late Model, so to drive a Late Model, win multiple championships, and now win 50 races, that’s just something I still can’t believe to this day.”

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Berry won from the pole, but it wasn’t an easy accomplishment, as Layne Riggs moved him up the track to take the top spot on Lap 75. The move was seemingly retaliation for what happened at Carteret County when the two tangled for the win.

Riggs admitted after the race that Carteret was on his mind — and Berry knew it too.

“I knew it was coming,” Berry said. “It’s racing. I said I was sorry, and I meant it, but sometimes sorry isn’t enough.”

It didn’t matter as Berry got back around him on a Lap 103 restart after a Mason Diaz spin. Riggs had chosen the bottom lane, but had lost too much grip, and Berry drove away from the field. Lee Pulliam made a hard charge to reach Berry’s bumper in traffic on the final lap, but was held up by Riggs for too long to mount a proper challenge.

GALLERY: 2018 Throwback 276 paint scheme

In addition to the milestone marker, the victory was also rewarding for Berry because it came in a throwback car that paid tribute to JR Motorsports boss LW Miller. Berry started running Late Models with JRM the first year that Miller came to JRM after a successful NASCAR Modified Tour career.

That first year was tough, but now they’ve gone on to lay the foundation of a successful, maybe iconic tenure together.

“It’s been one of the funnest experiences of my life, watching Josh grow,” Miller said. “He works hard on these cars. Our first year together, we struggled, but then I look up and he starts winning and now he’s winning championships. It’s been really rewarding to be a part of this.”

Pulliam finished two spots ahead of championship leader Bobby McCarty to cut his deficit to 20 points with three races remaining at Wake County, Orange County and South Boston.

The complete results from the Throwback 276 can be found below.

1. 73 Josh Berry
2. 5 Lee Pulliam
3. 12 Timothy Peters
4. 77m Bobby McCarty
5. 10 Layne Riggs
6. 60 Deac McCaskill
7. 28 Sam Mayer
8. 6 Charlie Watson
9. 2 Cody Haskins
10. 22 Bradley McCaskill
11. 36 Cole Glasson
12. 77d Dylon Wilson
13. 51 Grayson Cullather
14. 24 Mason Diaz
15. 2L Kevin Leicht
16. 17m Austin McDaniel
17. 17 Craig Moore
18. 2p Brandon Pierce
19. 27 Ronald Hill
20. 4 Craig Stallard -1
21. 5h Riley Herbst OUT
22. 29 Mitch Walker OUT
23. 3 Chris Denny OUT
24. 54 Tommy Lemons Jr. OUT
25. 5b Thomas Beane OUT
26. 7 Justin Carroll OUT
27. 18 Ty Gibbs OUT
28. 75 Landon Huffman OUT

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Charles Hicks

    August 5, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Great class of cars and great competition better than NASCAR to me.

  2. Pingback: Mr. Hickory Josh Berry wins CARS Throwback 276 with LW Miller’s livery

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